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  • Putin and the Proxies

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    A Novaya Gazeta and OCCRP investigation looks into the wealth surrounding Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Firm Linked to Putin Friend Smoothed Path for BP in Russia

    If you want to do business in Moscow, it helps to hire a pal of President Vladimir Putin.

    That’s the conclusion reached by investigators for Transparency International-Russia, who looked into one of the biggest deals in that country’s history: BP’s 2013 sale of its stake in Russia’s third-largest oil company to state-owned oil giant Rosneft for a hefty amount of Rosneft shares and $12.5 billion in cash.

    A BP station in Moscow. (Photo: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)A BP station in Moscow. (Photo: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)

  • Russian Oligarch to be Charged with Organizing Crime Group

    A St. Petersburg billionaire accused of alcohol smuggling may face new charges, this time for running an organized crime group which embezzled public funds during construction work at Putin’s palace near Moscow, Rosbalt reported Sunday.

  • Latvian allegedly helped Le Pen’s Party obtain Russian Loan

    A Latvian-based consultant, who has managed the offshores of Russian politicians, has met with at least two high-ranking officials of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to discuss her party’s options for a Russian loan, media said Tuesday.

  • New Husband of Putin's Ex-Wife Buys Posh Villa in South of France

    When Lyudmila Putin, 59, divorced Russian President Vladimir Putin and married the director of a Russian non-profit organization, she might have expected that her days of living in opulent luxury were over.

    The villa purchased by Artur Ocheretny. (Wikipedia.org. User: TONIODELBARRIO6464)The villa purchased by Artur Ocheretny. (Wikipedia.org. User: TONIODELBARRIO6464)

  • Russia: Opposition Leader Navalny Jailed After Anti-Corruption Protests

    A court in Moscow sentenced on Monday Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 15 days in prison and fined him 20,000 roubles (US$ 350) a day after he was arrested during anti-government protests that took place throughout the country.

  • Putin Critic Shot Dead in Ukraine

    Former Russian lawmaker and Putin critic Denis Voronenkov was shot dead Thursday morning on a busy street in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, according to Ukrainian authorities.

  • Russian Court Convicts Alexei Navalny, Blocking Him From Running Against Putin in 2018

    A Russian court on Wednesday found opposition leader Alexei Navalny guilty in the re-trial of a longstanding corruption case and blocked him from running against President Vladimir Putin in 2018, local media reported.

  • Pals Prosper from Proximity to Putin’s Power

    Nikolay Tokarev, a major general in the Russian secret service, is a long-time associate of Vladimir Putin. Tokarev, 65, and Putin served as KGB agents together in Dresden, East Germany, in the 1980s.

    prohub-skyscraper-moscowSkyscraper in the Moscow-city business district. (Photo by: KRO)

  • A Related Party and a Criminal Case

    Mayya Bolotova is not the only person from Tokarev’s inner circle who is attracted to Cyprus. Michail Arustamov, who for many years worked as Tokarev’s deputy and is described as a person close to Tokarev’s family, has an address in Cyprus as well, in the same town of Limassol.

  • Clan Obiang: The Eastern European Network of an African Dictator

    Credit: Austėja Usavičiūtė / 15min.ltCredit: Austėja Usavičiūtė / 15min.lt

    Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the world’s longest-serving president, rules oil-rich Equatorial Guinea with an iron hand. The tiny country halfway down the west coast of Africa is considered one of the 15 most corrupt states in the world, according to Transparency International.

  • Russia: Grandmother of Putin’s Reputed Girlfriend Reportedly Received Apartments

    Businessmen close to Russian President Vladimir Putin transfered apartments in historic areas of Moscow and St Petersburg to the grandmother of a woman reputed to be the premier’s girlfriend, Russia’s TV Rain reported Monday.

  • Russia / Ukraine: US Sanctions Hit Putin’s Crimea Bridge

    The US Treasury on Thursday sanctioned 37 people and entitieslinked to Russia and Ukraine – including companies connected to a bridge championed by President Vladimir Putin – in an effort to beat the busting of sanctions imposed on Russia after it annexed Crimea in 2014.

  • Russia: Banking on Influence

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin insists that while the Panama Papers stories published by OCCRP and its partner Novaya Gazeta are correct, they show no corruption or illegal activity on his part. Putin has called the stories a Western plot to destabilize his regime.

  • Lithuanian Investigators Confirm Putin Friend’s Money Flows

    New information on the Panama Papers story about the billions of dollars allegedly being moved around offshore by a close friend of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin emerged Tuesday, as Lithuanian law enforcement verified some of the details.

  • Russia: Businessman Handles Insider Homes

    Website photo of student Alisa Kharcheva offering Putin a kitty.Website photo of student Alisa Kharcheva offering Putin a kitty.

    A murky Russian businessman that formerly ran a state property agency has been buying apartments in Moscow for a number of young women that include the daughter of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin; Putin’s alleged girlfriend; and a woman who, in a flirty web posting titled “Pussy for Putin,” offers the Russian leader a kitten and praises his leadership skills.

  • Russian MP Drafting Law to Defend Putin’s Honor

    A member of the Russian Parliament is preparing a draft law that would make insulting President Vladimir Putin a criminal offence carrying up to a six year jail sentence, Russia Today (RT) said.

  • US: Russia Today Founder Died in DC Hotel of Head Injuries

    The Washington, DC medical examiner said that Mikhail Lesin, the founder of Russia Today (RT) and close aide of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, “died of blunt force trauma to the head,” reported the Washington Post.  

  • New Investigation Sheds Light on Putin’s Eldest Daughter

    The other shoe has dropped, as regards the highly private family of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.

  • Russia Raids Homes of Open Russia Employees, Arrests Khodorkovsky in Absentia

    Officers from the Russian Investigative Committee raided the apartments of employees of Open Russia, a pro-democracy initiative spearheaded by Kremlin opposition activist and former billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky, reported Russian news agency TASS.

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